The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland houses permanent and temporary
exhibits relating to sport and the Olympic movement. With more than 10,000
pieces, the museum is the largest archive of Olympic Games in the world and one
of Lausanne's prime tourist site draws attracting more than 250,000 visitors
The museum was founded on 23 June 1993, on the initiative of
Juan Antonio Samaranch. Mexican architect Pedro Ramírez Vazquez, an
International Olympic Committee member, and Jean-Pierre Cahen, were in charge of
the project. The museum was named the European Museum of the Year in 1995.
This museum features everything you could want to know about the Olympics,
from the founding of the Olympics in ancient Greece to the addition of the
Winter Olympics to how new sports are added to the competitions. They display
some of the kinds of equipment used for various sports and have numerous
displays with historical artifacts. A popular to-see is a display of all the
different designs from every year of the modern Olympics.